James F. McCarthy  III - Katz Teller

James F. McCarthy III

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009

Jim McCarthy is sometimes called "The Commander" by his partners, a reference to Jim’s service in the United States Navy, where he learned the discipline, attention to detail and management skill that make him a leading litigator.  Anyone who has seen Jim orchestrate a complicated litigation matter or charge decisively forward to advance or protect his clients’ rights would agree that the nickname fits him like a glove.

Jim's commercial litigation practice is diverse, but several areas of special concentration have emerged, including patent, trademark, copyright, intellectual property, business torts, unfair competition, eminent domain, tax valuation, employment, wrongful termination, wage and hour, contract and civil rights.  In each of these areas, Jim brings a focused, determined approach that shows no hesitation to submit matters to trial if a resolution cannot be reached.

His command of trial practice comes from significant courtroom experience.  From 1991 to 1995, he served as Chief Trial Counsel, Office of the City Solicitor, City of Cincinnati. In this role he supervised seven attorneys assigned to civil litigation including assigning cases, coordinating staff support, training junior attorneys and guiding completion of trials and administrative hearings. Jim represented the City in major litigation involving eminent domain, constitutional issues, employment discrimination and breach of contract; and was responsible for the acquisition of property for the two largest downtown developments, the Arts Center and Fountain Square West.

From 1982 to 1991, Jim was the Assistant City Solicitor, assigned to the Trial Section within the Civil Division. He served as trial counsel for the City in complex litigation involving eminent domain for major urban renewal project, Riverfront Stadium leases and operations, purchase and installation of computer system for wastewater treatment plant and constitutional challenges to police power ordinances.

At Katz Teller, Jim is active in the firm’s administrative, finance, marketing and Meritas committees.

  • Recognized in the 2014-2016 editions of Benchmark Litigationthe Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, as a litigation star in Ohio
  • Consistently recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer® by Law & Politics Media, Inc. since its inception in 2003
  • Listed in Woodward/White’s Best Lawyers in America®, 2009-2017
  • Admitted to The National Trial Lawyers in 2011, a national organization composed of the top 100 trial lawyers from each state. Membership is obtained through special invitation and is extended only to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications, leadership, reputation, influence, stature and profile as trial lawyers, both civil plaintiff and criminal defense.
  • Named 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” for Cincinnati in Municipal Litigation by Woodward/White’s Best Lawyers in America®
  • Named by Cincy Business Magazine as a “Leading Lawyer” in Civil Litigation, 2014


The Ohio State UniversityJ.D. 1977Xavier UniversityBA 1974
Potter Stewart Inn of CourtPotter Stewart Inn of CourtNational Institute of Trial AdvocacyAmerican Bar AssociationCincinnati Bar AssociationLitigation Counsel of America FellowshipSanta Maria Community Services

Case History

State of Ohio ex rel Queensgate v State of Ohio — Supreme Court holds that closure of access constitutes taking of property.
Proctor v NJR Properties,LLC — Court clarifies right to receive damage to residue in taking by State.

Office Location

First Financial Center, 24th Floor
255 East Fifth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202-4724
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Municipal of the Cincinnati Metro Area
James F. McCarthy III has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation (Civil Litigation, Commercial Disputes, Covenants Not to Compete, Eminent Domain, First Amendment, Trade Secrets)
Litigation - Municipal
Litigation - Real Estate

Other Information

Gender: Male